Faculty and Staff of Holy Trinity School
Mrs. Cindy Kuhns, Kindergarten
Hello, my name is Mrs. Kuhns and I have been the Kindergarten teacher at Holy Trinity School for 25 years. However, I have been at Holy Trinity for 26 years – my first year I taught First Grade. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Spanish and a Master of Education degree in Education of the Exceptional Child with a concentration in Gifted/Talented. I am a native of Ligonier and have lived here for most of my life. I am married and have one son. My son and his wife were recently blessed with a baby girl. I am very happy to be a grandma.
I have taught at St. Bernard’s School in Indiana, Woodbridge Pre-School, and Ligonier Valley Learning Center. My other jobs have included babysitter, tutor, sales clerk, dishwasher, waitress and secretary. I like being a teacher best of all!
I enjoy seeing the tremendous amount of progress a Kindergarten child makes throughout a school year. Kindergarten is such an important part of a child’s life because it provides the foundation on which all the other grades are built. I believe Kindergarten allows the child to see that school is fun and interesting. It develops a child’s socialization skills immensely.
Holy Trinity is a shining gem in the Ligonier Valley. The students and their families are kind, respectful, and cooperative. Holy Trinity School is a Christ-centered school and the teachers and staff are able to share important values and teach lessons based on the teachings of the Bible. I feel so comfortable and welcome here. I do feel like the students are part of my extended family.
Mrs. Sally Findley, Grade 1 and Grade 2
Hello, my name is Mrs. Sally Findley, and I’ve been teaching at Holy Trinity since 2000. I love teaching and seeing my students grow into independent readers and writers. I’m an avid reader, and I try to instill the love of reading in my students.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University in Health Education. I earned my Elementary Certification from St. Vincent College when my youngest child started school. Before Holy Trinity, I was a substitute teacher at the elementary and secondary levels.
I love the family atmosphere that we nurture here at Holy Trinity, and that our families continue to be part of our school even when their children graduate.
I reside in Stahlstown with my two dogs. I have three grown sons. Besides reading I love traveling, walking, photographing nature, knitting and scrapbooking.
Mrs. Lynne Donnelly, Grade 3
I am excited to be teaching 3rd and 4th grades this year! Although I have been in education for the last 20 years in various positions, being back in the classroom is truly a blessing. I have a Masters degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. After teaching in public schools in Maryland for a couple of years, I was asked to come back and teach a graduate course at Hopkins. I taught Human Development, Learning, and Diversity there for several semesters. I then took a position as team leader for my grade level and served as the chairman of our School Improvement (SIT) team.
After the birth of Miranda in 2005, I left the classroom and took a position at McDaniel College, teaching graduate courses in the Education department and supervising student teachers. I homeschooled for three years and co-founded a homeschool learning center. I believe Holy Trinity nurtures the minds and souls of our children and I am honored to be asked to be a part of this dynamic school community.
I believe that teaching and learning should reflect a variety of learning styles because all children learn and express themselves differently. The classroom should constantly engage students through discussion, cooperative learning, problem solving, and hands-on activities. It is important to me that students have ample opportunity to express themselves through writing, discussion, and art. Throughout every subject every day, students are immersed in literature and non-fiction text. We read and write together, in small groups, and independently using a variety of comprehension strategies, organizers, and aides. Learning is hard work, but it can also be a lot of fun! I just can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get planning for a fabulous year!
Mrs. Nadine Golias, 4th Grade
I am an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, where having completed the required course work and credits, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Elementary Education with a concentration in the Natural Sciences (math and science).
My additional certification is that of English as a Second Language Program Specialist. It was my privilege to be accepted and to attend the Governor's school for ESL teachers twice.
Believing that a good education should involve the total person, I am a strong promoter of Catholic Schools, where the spirit, mind and body receive instruction. In an environment such as this, the total person can learn and develop sufficiently in order to reach full potential.
My interests are many and varied. One of these is a fascination with the human brain, how we learn and what goes on in the brain as we go through our daily activities. As a result, I strive to and encourage my students to read daily, to exercise (including some for the brain), to do puzzles, play games and incorporate humor and music into our daily routines.
Mrs. Tammi Kostley, 5-8 Science/Social Studies
My name is Tammi Kostley and I teach Science and Social Studies for grades 5-8. I graduated from Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master Degree in Special Education for grades K-12. I attended the University of Pittsburgh’s Dental Hygiene program and practiced Dental Hygiene for 11 years.
I joined the Holy Trinity family in the 2008-2009 school calendar year as a substitute teacher. I taught second grade and third grade before my current position with the older children. I love this school and I love the atmosphere that we provide for the students.
One of my favorite activities is baking! I also enjoy walking and many other forms of physical fitness.
Miss Lauren Korneke, Grades 5-8 Math
Hello! My name is Lauren Korneke and I am the 5th-8th grade Math teacher and also the 5th/6th grade Religion teacher. I am very excited to be a part of the Holy Trinity community!
I have lived in Ligonier my whole life and love living in a small town. I went to Westminster College and received a Theater degree. After moving home, I went to Seton Hill University and received my Masters of Education. I am currently certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade and middle school mathematics through eighth grade. My passion is teaching math! I love solving problems and puzzles. I hope to teach all of my students to love math!
Before Holy Trinity, I taught in New York for six months as an assistant math teacher. After the school year ended, I moved home to be with my family. I love working in the private school atmosphere because I have more freedom to individualize my students’ needs. Holy Trinity has been such a welcoming home to me. I enjoy making math fun and showing students how each problem is like a puzzle that you need to solve. I look forward to many more years of teaching at HT!
Mrs. Jennifer Brisendine, Grades 5-8 Language Arts
Hi, I’m Jenn Brisendine, and I teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade Literature and English. I also teach 7th/8th grade Religion. I love teaching students how to analyze great books, and how to seek a deeper meaning in what they read. I also love coaching writing. We write all the time: fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and research products.
In addition to my classes, I serve as director of Holy Trinity’s drama productions. I’m proud that our school is in its fourth season of productions. We focus on theatre skills in workshop settings, then produce a one-act play for Catholic Schools Week and a big spring production. We did Godspell last spring – our first musical – and it involved the whole school. It rocked!
Before Holy Trinity, I taught at Ligonier High School for over ten years, Clarion-Limestone Jr.-Sr. High for a year and Prince George County High School in Virginia for two years. Without a doubt, I have never been as happy teaching as I am at Holy Trinity. The small classes, individualized attention to students, and focused instructional time make me eager for each new day.
I live in Ligonier with my husband, two sons (who also attend HT!), and my Great Dane, who, at 98 lbs., is quite petite. We love to travel and spend days on the beach in the summer.
Mrs. Renee Wolfe, French
Bonjour! My name is Madame Wolfe and I teach French at Holy Trinity School. I graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Education and am certified to teach French.
I am very excited to be part of Holy Trinity School where students have the opportunity to learn a second language beginning in Kindergarten. Studies show that learning a second language at an early age boosts cognitive development and supports higher academic achievement.
Miss Samantha Shirey, Music, Instrumental Music, Computer
Hello! My name is Samantha Shirey and I am the Music and Computer teacher here at Holy Trinity. I am a graduate of Seton Hill University and received my Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and my Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate for grades K-12. I teach general music and instrumental music as well as computer classes.
In Music classes, my goal is to give students the musical tools they need to develop strong inter- and intra- personal expression and communication skills and to instill a sense of music appreciation in each student.
My goal in Computer classes is to teach students the technological skills they will need as responsible digital citizens of the world and to build a strong foundation for the computer skills they will need in their future academic and professional lives.
Ms. Elisabeth Miningham, Art
I have taught for 14 years as the Art teacher at Holy Trinity School. My goal is to have students explore every media possible so that they can create and express themselves with the media that is right for them. The students learn technique and concepts in Pre-K. More importantly, they are taught that thinking out of the box and using imagination are the essential ingredients for creating.
I attended Elizabeth Seton in New York for Art and Psychology to extend my formal training in Art. Currently I exhibit 3-5 times a year in juried shows as well as individual exhibits; I also work as a contracted muralist. I studied child development and learned teaching skills at Rockland Community College where I received an Occupational Therapy degree. For the past three years I have worked as a Marketing Director for a company located in the business district of NYC. I hope to impart some of my practical experience to the older students at Holy Trinity from this job as well.